6 Key Ingredients to Raising Team Spirit with L’Oréal Managers
We can all agree that 2020 has been one for the history books. With new information and changes coming from every angle, some days it’s hard to keep your smile going. Working remotely away from your teams and shared lunches, may have been tough… this is why it’s even more important for our managers to keep the team spirit and motivation high!
We know that our managers have been trying to prioritize the health, well-being and safety of all employees around L’Oréal. But, the question is: How do they manage the morale, keep up team spirit and make sure their teams stay positive and productive?
We checked in with a few managers who shared their ingredients for keeping team spirit at an all-time high.
👐INCLUDE, INCLUDE, INCLUDE
Tala, L’Oréal Middle East
I recently welcomed a new member to our team amidst the lockdown. What was really important was to make sure that her onboarding journey was the best it can be by virtually showing her #LifeAtLOréal.
One important tip I can share with managers who are on-boarding new team members during a time is to really create an amazing integration plan. This is especially important because some people might still be working from home and our UNIQUE, FUN and LIVELY office environment is difficult to share. Make sure your new team member gets the opportunity to meet inspirational employees who can bring out our L’Oréal culture virtually. I try to introduce the L’Oréal spirit by planning onboarding meetings over a longer period than usual, to make sure they feel integrated and motivated to kick-start her journey in high spirits during a difficult time!
Priya, L’Oréal India
I believe, to keep team spirits high, have a common purpose and bring the team to sign up for it. For me, it is about being truthful, transparent and empathetic! My advice is to make appreciation and feedback an integral part of your daily routine.
🧑🤝🧑PUT YOURSELF IN SOMEONE’S SHOES
Sylvain, L’Oréal France
I strive to be the manager I wanted to have when I was in my team’s position: understand their ambitions, their successes but also their hard times.
As a young manager of a young team, a lot of my management is about trying to put myself in their shoes. The reason? The upcoming generation — including myself — will increasingly feel a lack of representation in their peers because the flexibility and humanity they ask for is not the previous decade’s standard. I believe that we can now elevate a team while reconciling theses values: exigence and empathy, vulnerability and leadership, agility and ambition. This is for me the vision of happy inspired teams of the next generations.
👨🍳SHARE & BAKE
Agnes, L’Oréal Singapore:
Food is a big part of our culture in Singapore and it is definitely a passion that we share in our team. Aside from the regular catch up that we maintain on a weekly basis, we try to engage beyond the regular work topics.
Just before the summer break, we had concluded an intensive project. As we emerged from “lockdown” we had to follow a compulsory Team A/B work arrangement. We decided that an impromptu offsite get together with only Team B will be the perfect solution to flame up the team’s morale.
We didn’t have to contemplate too long about what our activity was going to be. The decision was easy: we were going to bake as a team! It was a really nice experience and we plan to include Team A soon as well. (We’ll obviously stick to limiting the gatherings to 5 people — in line with government regulations). But, our monthly get-togethers will continue, as this really contributes positively to our team.
As they say: food really connects everyone!”
All teams are different, as are the ingredients to their success. It is motivating to know that our managers are committed to prioritizing their teams’ needs while they encourage us to stay focused and positive all year round.
🚀POSITIVE ATTITUDE = POSITIVE OUTCOMES
Valentin, L’Oréal France
This new normality introduced a new way of working with countries, especially when not being able to travel to visit the teams. To avoid frustration and to succeed during these times ever seen before, It’s been key to leverage on a sense of strong community, sharing not only business thinking but whatever tips to face brand new life situations, still with Simplicity mindset. A newsletter each Monday morning to send some good vibes before aligning on priorities and sharing best practices and bi-weekly calls to follow up on key topics or to just debrief about a wonderful weekend stucked at home with your family exploring new creative ways of entertaining your cat or your kids :) ; a perfect mix during these past months. 2 secret ingredients to make it work: a positive attitude and a sense of humor. It’s been tough times, it’s true, but team spirit is stronger than ever
Virginie, L’Oréal Africa
2020 is the year we are spreading laugh, love and authentic talks within the team. Check on 20 colleagues per week is one tip that will keep a positive mind. South Africa is still under lockdown. We are going back to office one week per month from September 1st. Being in the austral season, we are getting into spring season after winter in lockdown.
Calling my colleagues to check on them is always a fun time. Teams are so grateful when we check on them. However to the question “How do you feel, my dear”, the answer remains in majority “I can’t wait to go back to the office, I miss my colleagues”.
To keep the spirit high, maintain the team spirit, we organize spontaneous Fridays e-drinks, we have lunch or early dinner in small committees to celebrate life. For the ones (like me) who want to get moving again after the lockdown, we plan sports activities to feel great!
2020 is the best year to share light and love with teams all around Africa.
LOVE is all we need.
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